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(YT-331: dp. 237; l. 100-; b 25-; dr. 9-7-; s. 16 k.; cpl. 12; cl. Hiawatha; T. V2-ME-A1)

The only daughter of Black Hawk, leader of the Sauk and Fox tribes during the Black Hawk War (1831-1832).

Namequa, built as Port Elizabeth (MC Hull 444), was laid down in early 1942, under a Maritime Commission Contract, by Calumet Shipyard and Dry Dock Co., Chicago, Ill., launched 22 May 1942; sponsored by Mrs. James F. Rogans; renamed Namequa and classed as YT-331 on 29 September; acquired by the Navy 15 October and placed in service 17 February 1943.

Allocated to the 1st Naval District and based at Boston, she provided fire-fighting, tug, and salvage services to naval vessels and installations in that district throughout her seven year career. Reclassified YTB-331 on 15 May 1944, her active service was continuous, except for a period in reserve from March to October 1946. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in June 1950.

Published: Wed Aug 12 09:39:14 EDT 2015